Hosted by Austria, Mexico and the United Kingdom, the Arria Formula meeting provided an opportunity for civil society organizations and women activists from the field working on advancing implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 to brief Security Council members, with a theme of assessing the impact of interventions in peacekeeping.
Security Council members were able to engage with representatives of the multiple stakeholders in this agenda, permitting an open exchange of views on how the Security Council has met with success on this issue, and what steps can be taken to further the Council's maintenance of international peace and security.
The panel included:
Mr. Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations
Ms. Visaka Dharmadasa, Founder and Chair of the Association of War Affected Women and Founder and President of the Association of Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action, Sri Lanka
Ms. Betty Achan Ogwaro, Chairperson of Sudanese Women Forum of Darfur Southern Sudan affiliated to Femmes Africa Solidarité
Speakers addressed a wide range of issues, focusing in particular on the need for peacekeeping missions to engage with women on the ground and better address the rights and concerns of women in their daily work.